Karen Doolittle, Owner / Operator
It has been Karen Doolittle’s goal at It’s A Dog’s Life to create a boarding facility for dogs that is relaxed and does not feel like a traditional kennel
Karen is a graduate of Sonoma State University and holds a Consultant/Instructor Training Academy certificate issued by the Marin Humane Society and a Pet Care Technician certificate issued by the American Boarding Kennel Association.
She has worked in the pet industry since 1990. Her experience includes 12 years as a kennel manager, and she is a highly sought-after consultant for dog behavioral issues.
Karen has hand picked her staff for It’s A Dog’s Life. Among them are individuals that both love dogs and are loved by them. The staff at It’s A Dog’s Life participate in ongoing education in dog training and animal health.
“When she was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2005, Karen Doolittle’s life went to the dogs. She dedicated her life…to creating a dog kennel and rescue center.” Read Karen’s inspiring story
It’s a Dog’s Life is uniquely set up for long term boarding.
We have a group of ambassador dogs living on the property who are integral in the socialization process and help with some of the training.
Meet Trout, Wallace and Autumn, 3 members of our on site training pack.
Dave and Julia.
Poppy and Ingrid.
Meet Freedom: Dog lover extraordinaire
Meet Tomas: Our resident Dog Whisperer
Meet Cristina: The best dog bather around
“I love this place and so does my dog! It’s A Dog’s Life is canine and customer friendly. They are skillfully attuned to the needs of both people and their pooches. I cannot say enough about the service and staff. Thanks for taking such good care of my best friend!” Susan D – San Rafael, CA
“We entrusted our little cavalier King Charles spaniel puppy Winston to It’s A Dog’s Life. We searched and searched and worried and fretted about our puppy’s care while we were out of the country for three weeks. We were given a tour of the kennel and were very impressed. When we dropped Winston off, I thought I would be worried – not the case. I had complete confidence in Karen and her wonderful staff. Upon our return, we were delighted to see a very happy and healthy puppy who loved his stay and the staff. Winston learned some manners while in Karen’s domain, which he still remembers. The training she provided stuck with him.” Rosemary and Bill Peeters